Wilmington, Del. (July 22, 2010) — Dawn Career Institute (DCI) is pleased to announce two employee updates. Newly hired Matt Penrod is DCI’s Director of Admissions, and Eddie Barksdale has been promoted from Online Admissions Advisor to Director of Online Admissions. "We’re thrilled to have both Matt and Eddie on our admissions team," Dawn Career Institute CEO Cheryl Zapata said. "Their collective experience and enthusiasm are sure to bring a new level of excellence to our efforts."
Matthew Penrod, who is very familiar with the challenges employees need to overcome, brings his experience in executive recruitment and admissions to his new role. He comes to work with Dawn’s faculty and admissions staff to ensure the Institute’s current and future students receive the attention and high-quality services they need to succeed in their educations and careers.
"Dawn Career Institute provides a superior level of service to students in the Wilmington area, and I plan to continue to help this institute to meet its admissions goals, as well as the career goals of its students," Penrod said.
Prior to joining Dawn Career Institute, Penrod worked as an executive recruiter with a third-party recruitment firm where he worked with everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies – both nationally and internationally – to help them meet their staffing needs. He also served as an admissions representative at Florida Technical College in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was an instrumental part of a team that vastly increased the enrollment rate and developed many community outreach programs. Penrod was also a general manager at Terraplan Development Inc., where he was responsible for 30 direct reports and provided services to over 500 clients.
Eddie Barksdale brings leadership and analytical support to students through exceptional problem solving, communication, organizational and customer service skills. In his previous position of Admissions Advisor at Dawn Career Institute, Barksdale exceeded expectations and provided the utmost in customer services to each and every prospective student. In his new role as Director of Online Admissions, he and his team will provide the same exceptional services to reach prospective students and motivate them to change their lives through the Institution’s stellar education programs.
“I’ve gained such a respect for what we do at Dawn Career Institute during my tenure here,” Barksdale said. “Through my new position, I’ll have the chance to bring my knowledge of DCI and ideas for enhancement to our online programs.”
Barksdale is a graduate of Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing. His sales career began in the insurance industry, where he advanced to become a senior account representative, mentoring, monitoring, and training new and existing staff. He also worked in real estate as a buyer and listing agent, where he created and implemented a variety of sales techniques which enabled him to obtain many respected industry-standard awards. In the continuing development of his career, Barksdale transitioned his success and experience into the rental service industry as a management assistant at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During his tenure with the organization, Barksdale was responsible for creating new corporate accounts, retrieving overdue accounts balances and supervising administrative staff.
About Dawn Career Institute
Dawn Career Institute is a career education institution based in Wilmington, Del., with online program options also available. Dawn Career Institute offers programs in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields: healthcare, wellness and business. Dawn Career Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). For more information, visit www.DawnCareerInstitute.edu.